The Joy of Adoption

The other day I had a conversation with one of my co-workers. She mentioned that her sons had trouble accepting the fact that they were adopted. They rebelled against their adopted parents because they didn’t view them as their real parents. My co-worker went on to say that she would have done it all over again, but it is still difficult to accept that her sons still don’t have much respect for her and her husband. With this story in the back of my mind a sixth grade girl, and her friends, came up to me in the courtyard and began talking.

We chatted for a bit and the sixth grader mentioned that she was born in Korea and adopted. I had to ask her the question, “How does that make you feel?” I wanted to know how she viewed her adoption because of my previous conversation. Her answer surprised me, “I am excited that I’m adopted!” I asked her why and she responded saying, “Because I was chosen. Most parents don’t get to pick their kids, but mine chose me.”

I reflected on this for the entire day because it challenged me to be a person of joy. I am a chosen son of God in Jesus Christ. God chose me. Not because I was more worthy than anyone else, but because it simply pleased him to do so. Ephesians 1: 3-6 says this:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Just like that little sixth grade girl, our adoption through Jesus Christ should make us joyful . I pray that your joy will be found in God’s adoption of you through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Thanks for reading.


About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Christianity, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post! Yes! It reminds me of a quote by Chuck Swindoll: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

    My daughter is adopted and one day she will have to choose to be thankful for the circumstances in her life or bitter. Even my biological children have circumstances in their lives that they will have to choose to be thankful for or bitter about. We all do.

    • Delana,

      Thanks for commenting and for checking out my blog. I would have responded yesterday but my internet has been sketchy lately. I pray that your daughter’s heart will be softened to hear that she is adopted and that you love her dearly. You are right people are in control of their actions and their attitudes. I preach this daily to the special ed. kids that I teach because they often use their emotions as an excuse for their actions.

      Thanks for reading,


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